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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.
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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
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Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.
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Pope approves new decrees for the Causes of Saints

December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

A look at the top 10 stories from the Vatican that will make headlines in 2013

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Benedict XVI will arrive on Monday, June 22 and take off on that Sunday. The Vatican is also analyzing possible visits to other Latin American countries, with Colombia and Panama allegedly at the top of the list. 


In 2013, Benedict XVI will also publish a new encyclical on faith. It will be the fourth of his pontificate and will likely be published in January. 

The Pope is expected to continue pushing forward the Year of Faith, with a number of gatherings to mark it. 

For example, on June 15 he will host at the Vatican the world gathering on the right to life, described as the defense of a person's dignity from conception to their natural death. 

On May 18, the Pope will welcome representatives and members from all Catholic movements at St. Peter's Square. They are the institutions and groups that propose ideas and methods to live out the faith and have millions of followers. Among the largest of these groups are the Focolare Movement, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and Communion and Liberation. 

On June 2, Benedict XVI will participate in an Eucharistic adoration ceremony, which for the first time in history, will be observed simultaneously across the world. 

He also called on families globally to come to Rome to reflect, on October 26 and 27, on how faith helps them overcome everyday challenges. 

 In June, one of the biggest headlines will be when he meets with all his nuncios, for the first time ever. They are expected to discuss what it means to represent the Pope, political and religious leader. 

During October, the Pope has traditionally created new saints. This upcoming year, he could break a record and canonize 802 people in the same ceremony. They are the 800 martyrs from Otranto (Italy), killed out of hatred for their faith in 1480; plus the first Colombian saint, Mother Laura; and Mexican nun Blessed Mother Maria Guadalupe. 

The Pope is expected to maintain a full schedule, despite turning 86 years old in April. That would make him the fourth oldest pontiff in the history of the Church. 

In 2013, 10 cardinals will turn 80, therefore losing their right to vote in the next conclave. As it stands now, there will be 109 papal electors by December 25 of next year. That's perhaps the reason why the Pope could create new princes of the Church at the end of November, the conclusion of the Year of Faith. 


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